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agitation

[aj-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌædʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of agitating; state of being agitated:
She left in great agitation.
2.
persistent urging of a political or social cause or theory before the public.
3.
Also called psychomotor agitation. psychological and physical restlessness, manifested by pacing, hand-wringing, or other activity, sometimes occurring as a symptom of severe depression, schizophrenia, or other mental disorder.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin agitātiōn- (stem of agitātiō); see agitate, -ion
Related forms
agitational, adjective
overagitation, noun
preagitation, noun
proagitation, adjective
reagitation, noun
superagitation, noun
underagitation, noun
Synonyms
1. tumult, storm; unrest, disquiet; struggle, conflict; perturbation, ado. Agitation, disturbance, excitement, turmoil imply inner unrest, uneasiness, or apprehension. Agitation implies a shaken state of emotions, usually perceptible in the face or movements: With evident agitation she opened the telegram. Disturbance implies an inner disquiet caused by worry, indecision, apprehension, or the like: Long-continued mental disturbance is a cause of illness. Excitement implies a highly emotional state caused by either agreeable or distressing circumstances: excitement over a proposed trip, unexpected good news, a fire. Turmoil suggests such a struggle or conflict of emotions that one is unable to think consecutively: Her thoughts were in a hopeless turmoil. 2. debate, discussion, argument.
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British Dictionary definitions for proagitation

agitation

/ˌædʒɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
a state of excitement, disturbance, or worry
2.
the act of moving something vigorously; the shaking or stirring of something
3.
the act of attempting to stir up public opinion for or against something
Derived Forms
agitational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for proagitation

agitation

n.

1560s, "mental tossing to and fro," from French agitation, from Latin agitationem (nominative agitatio) "motion, agitation," noun of action from past participle stem of agitare "move to and fro," frequentative of agere in its sense of "to drive" (see act (n.)).

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